Record snowfall leads to traffic gridlock in Texoma

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Many Texomans were out braving the treacherous weather as traffic came to a standstill in most of the area. The snowy conditions made driving worse Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was moving very slowly on Highway 75 in Sherman Thursday afternoon. As businesses and schools closed early for the day, the cars hit the road, causing quite the gridlock.

At Highway 56 and U.S. 75 in Sherman, some cars moving at less than five miles an hour were getting stuck. Some of the folks we spoke to said a few miles took hours to traverse.

The gas stations were packed as the snow kept falling. The visibility became very limited throughout the afternoon, sometimes down to one-eighth of a mile in true white-out type situations.

"It’s not that the roads are that slick, but there's just so much traffic. I don't know where the cars are coming from," Grayson County driver Nancy Labrue said.

The police were also out helping cars stuck. The snow was so wet it's turning to slush on the roads, and is inches thick on the ground.

With all those people out on the roads, the chance of accidents increases, and that’s exactly what’s been happening all across the area.

The snow started falling around noon Thursday in Grayson County and did not let up until well into the night, causing slick roads, fender benders and make-shift parking lots on major roadways.

Everywhere from Texoma Parkway to Highway 75, cars piled up on the access road of spur 503. Cars have been slipping and sliding on the slick surfaces.

So far, there have been no reports of any major injuries as a result of these accidents, but they did cause other cars behind them to take alternate routes, which created more issues.

First News reporter Daniel Gotera and a photographer were at Spur 503 actually pushing cars that were stuck along the sides of the access roads and were then helped by some very generous drivers. That’s one of the things to take note in this entire mess-- people helping people, anything to help everyone get home safely.

"Slushy cold, everybody sliding around, and you just have to be cautious and everybody is driving crazy like there’s nothing out there. You have to be careful," Sherman resident Johnnie Gardner says.

One thing officials are saying is to avoid the access roads. They know everyone wants to try and avoid the slowest traffic areas, but the snow on many of the access roads does not have trenches cut in it, so the best thing they say is to be calm and move slowly along the roads.

Things to the north are looking better than what's being experienced in Texas. Ardmore has gotten snow but it would appear for now to have slacked off quite a bit.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Justin Pope says, "If you don’t need to be out, there’s no reason to be out."

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